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Old 11-01-2005, 08:53 AM
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These are great pictures. I love the style of the white neckscarf Rania is wearing: it looks very elegant on her. I'm thinking she will try to use her influence to see that the Pakistani earthquake victims will not be forgotten as time goes by. She really does seem to have that charisma and compassion for others that Princess Diana had.
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Old 11-02-2005, 12:21 PM
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More pictures of Queen Rania from the visit to the earthquake zone in Pakistan. From Newscom.





Jordan queen in TV campaign for Pakistan quake children

AMMAN (AFP) - Jordan's Queen Rania has launched a television appeal for the child victims of last month's devastating earthquake in Pakistan that killed more than 73,000 people and has left millions homeless.

"The children of the Pakistan earthquake need you. Many are sick and injured. And now, the outbreak of disease poses an immediate and very real threat," the queen says in a public service announcement.

"It only takes five dollars to immunize a child and give him or her a new lease on life. Help us reach the four million children who need protection from disease."

The media campaign has been launched in cooperation with the UN children's fund, UNICEF, and the public service announcements were being aired on television stations carried by Arabsat and Euro Sat.

Queen Rania visited earthquake survivors in Muzaffarabad, the devastated capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, last week as a representative of UNICEF, and took a planeload of relief supplies.

"It is very urgent to intensify efforts for the rehabilitation of affected people," she told reporters during her visit.

Jordan was among the first countries to send aid to Pakistan in the aftermath of the 7.6 earthquake that struck on October 8.

King Abdullah II visited Pakistan on October 14, the first foreign head of state to do so after the quake.

The desert kingdom has already sent five planes of relief goods to its fellow Muslim country along with a 25-bed mobile hospital with a 50-member staff.
State-run Jordan television is running a telethon to collect donations. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051104...BHNlYwNzc3JlbA--
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:51 PM
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Its wonderful what Queen Rania's been doing to draw attention to this very serious issue, and while her own country has been doing its share despite its own limited resources, she's still out encouraging others to do do more. The international response has been so disappointing. The Queen's message will be aired in the ME and Europe, both regions that could do a lot more to help with the earthquake.
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:43 PM
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Its wonderful what Queen Rania's been doing to draw attention to this very serious issue, and while her own country has been doing its share despite its own limited resources, she's still out encouraging others to do do more. The international response has been so disappointing. The Queen's message will be aired in the ME and Europe, both regions that could do a lot more to help with the earthquake.
Well said Humera!. :)

I agree QR is doing a great job on this issue:)
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Old 11-04-2005, 09:15 PM
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Why is it not being aired in the US? That's disappointing. I know people are still recovering from the hurricanes but there is still a lot that could be done and additional monies raised. I scarcely see the Pakistan devastation mentioned in the news anymore.
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Well said Humera!. :)

I agree QR is doing a great job on this issue:)
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:23 AM
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Why is it not being aired in the US? That's disappointing. I know people are still recovering from the hurricanes but there is still a lot that could be done and additional monies raised. I scarcely see the Pakistan devastation mentioned in the news anymore.
I was reading the Chicago Tribune the other day.Brad and Jen got a spot in the news and 1 million homeless Pakistani were not even mentioned in the whole newspaper! This is a perfect example of American media's priorities.:(
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Old 11-05-2005, 09:11 PM
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That's awful. Editors publish the stories they believe will make people want to buy their papers--and in our celebrity obsessed culture, Brad and Jen are still (unbelievably) news. But there should be an element of social consciousness and a commitment to reporting actual "news." I know a lot of people in the US are not familiar with Queen Rania but the media here missed an opportunity when they elected not to feature her heartfelt plea for those suffering in Pakistan--particularly her important point that winter is coming, people there are still homeless and/or injured, and the relief efforts must not only continue but grow in scale.
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I was reading the Chicago Tribune the other day.Brad and Jen got a spot in the news and 1 million homeless Pakistani were not even mentioned in the whole newspaper! This is a perfect example of American media's priorities.:(
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:40 PM
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I saw the Queen message on the TV and I am happy that she do it
I hope her efforts will help the earth quake victims .
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Old 11-06-2005, 05:20 AM
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Why is it not being aired in the US? That's disappointing. I know people are still recovering from the hurricanes but there is still a lot that could be done and additional monies raised. I scarcely see the Pakistan devastation mentioned in the news anymore.
I was wondering about that too. The message is a public service announcement for UNICEF so I guess they decide where it is aired.
This is very different from the tsunami where we saw money literally pouring in within days of the disaster. One of the big reasons for that was the fact that a lot of citizens from western nations were affected by the disaster. They were familiar with the areas that had been devastated, many of which had been popular destinations for western tourists. For this reason we saw a lot of interest and a huge outpouring of relief. There were memorial services and many European royals took an active part in those events.
With the Pakistani earthquake, we see none of that. The people who died and were left homeless are from remote regions that many in the west haven't even heard of. It is sad but true. I am convinced of that. And even the president of Pakistan publicly said the same thing recently.
The King and Queen of Jordan, and the JRF, are therefore to be commended for standing head and shoulders above everyone else in this matter.
A few years ago, Queen Rania was making similar pleas for humanitarian aid to Iraq, writing a letter to the Times and urging Bush and Blair to let aid go into the country. She seems to have a history of speaking out for causes that the world at large seems to have forgotten. Many people seem to forget all of that. And here she is doing the same thing for the Pakistani earthquake. Bravo to her once again.
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Old 11-07-2005, 08:59 AM
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I'm so glad that Rania is helping boost the earthquake appeal. The international response has been disgusting and President Musharraf is right when he says the reason is becuase no Westerners were affected. There were fresh tremors yesterday (and serious ones at that) so this appeal needs to remain in the headlines.
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:12 AM
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A few years ago, Queen Rania was making similar pleas for humanitarian aid to Iraq, writing a letter to the Times and urging Bush and Blair to let aid go into the country. She seems to have a history of speaking out for causes that the world at large seems to have forgotten. Many people seem to forget all of that. And here she is doing the same thing for the Pakistani earthquake. Bravo to her once again.
humera, i can't agree more with you. rania is one of the most active royals to me and she does a great job. she is not just there to pick flowers, as i always say, but she carries out a lot of projects and is involved in really active causes, and doesn't seem to doubt when it comes to state her position about different causes in conferences around the world and even writing in newspapers. but... people don't appreciate that and just look how much she spends on clothes. there are lots of princesses around europe who manage to spend that amount of money as well in the same brands as rania and cannot look as good as she does, but nobody cares.
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A short video of Queen Rania's visit to the earthquake zone in Pakistan:
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_29579.html
(under "video" on the right)

The public service announcement isnt on the UNICEF website yet.

I found another video of QR's visit to Pakistan:
http://xgen.vitalstream.com/mcasx.as...ackage=1409546

The report is from GEO TV, it is in Urdu but there are images of Queen Rania at the beginning and towards the end.
The reporter basically described the Queen's visit to a hospital and to a tent city in a local stadium. He said she was very worried after seeing that thousands of children had been injured and disabled. Many of them have lost their parents and the Queen said she didnt want them to feel as if they'd been left all alone and that they should get all needed support. She said that her own government would provide all necessary help and also urged the media to tell the world of the scope of the devastation caused by the earthquake.
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Now, see, this is a classic example. If you had not posted this, I would not have known about these new tremors. I read the papers daily and not a word!!!! Very, very different than the tsunami situation--and I believe President Musharraf is correct in his assessment. I am very troubled that a UNICEF announcement would not be aired in the US. Yes, they have say in where it will be aired but it also requires the cooperation and willingness of the media to provide the free air time. I cannot imagine UNICEF would not have wanted to have QR's appeal airing here so that makes me wonder if/why the US media did not show it. OR if they didn't feel QR had a high enough profile in the US, get someone else to film one! We are still seeing former presidents and celebs appeal for hurricane relief and I recall similar aid appeals made after the tsumanis. It's really an outrageous situation! Thank God some countries' media found the time to broadcast Rania's message. And kudos to her for her diligence and perserverance in this!

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I'm so glad that Rania is helping boost the earthquake appeal. The international response has been disgusting and President Musharraf is right when he says the reason is becuase no Westerners were affected. There were fresh tremors yesterday (and serious ones at that) so this appeal needs to remain in the headlines.
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Maryshawn, personally, I think the tsunami had a greater impact partly becuase of the timeing. It was Boxing Day, millions of pepole had just celebrated Christmas and then to see such horrific images on their TV, I think it awakened the Christmas spirit in alot of people.
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True. The timing helped. We're having a blizzard here tonight and I can't imagine how horrible the conditions must be in Pakistan right now. I just keep wishing it would get more attention in the US. Ironically, it's now the bombings in Amman which have wiped almost every story here off the media's radar. It should be reported on, of course, but it's my personal belief the media decides on what to report for public consumption and what is going on in Pakistan should not be erased. Not when so many are struggling to survive. I liked the fact Queen Rania tried to keep the world's eye on the situation with her appeals and visit. This cause needs more high-profile supporters.

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Old 11-21-2005, 11:14 PM
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Queen Rania's PSA for Unicef's Pakistan earthquake appeal

It is finally online and can be viewed at this link: UNICEF - Video/Audio -

It is in arabic but you can also read the script in English:

"The children of Pakistan earthquake need you. Many are sick and injured. And now, the outbreak of disease poses an immediate and very real threat. It only takes five dollars to immunize a child and give him, or her, a new lease on life. Help us reach the 4 million children who need protection from disease. Help restore young lives, reshape futures, and rekindle hope for a better tomorrow." http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/fil...enRaniaPSA.pdf
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It's great to see tht Rania hasn't forgotten her commitments to the earthquake victimes after the recent events in Jordan. It would be so easy for her to sideline her activities there and she hasn't done. A definite thank you to Rania, from me at least.
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